Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Musical Interlude:

Via All Sides Now (h/t BLCKDGRD). Here's the original recording by Wire from their first album Pink Flag.

Lyrics (for the curious):

You're a waste of space
No natural grace
You're so bloody thin
You don't even begin

To interest me, not even curiosity
It's not animosity, it's just you don't interest me

You're an energy void
A black hole to avoid
No style no heart
You don't even start

A friend of mine used to say that a punk record without a lyric sheet was like sex without the orgasm - what's the point? We might extend that to post-punk as well. Actually, for those curious as to what the fuss was all about with regard to post-punk, any of Wire's 1970s recordings would be worth a listen (or hopefully more). Those cats probably didn't sell tons of records in their heyday, but they sure managed to influence a fair number of post-punk and alt-rock acts (including The Minutemen and later fIREHOSE). A lot of Wire's songs were short, sometimes almost haiku-like in their brevity and their openness to interpretation. As a sidebar, when I was learning the ropes as a poet/haiku writer, I drew upon Wire's early work for inspiration, in particular their ethos - "when we ran out of words, we stopped."

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